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Pio Cesare Barolo 2009

Pio Cesare Barolo 2009

Sku: 012585

The nebbiolo grapes used to produce the classical Barolo come from family vineyards around the village of Serralunga dí Alba. This Barolo is produced through careful blending of grapes from different vineyards. Pio Boffa (Pio Cesare's great grandson) believes that the union of grapes from different vineyards makes their Barolo unique. The grapes from Serralunga give a full body, the ones from Castiglion Falletto offer an ethereal and tempting nose, and those from Monforte provide class and a refined nature. This produces a unique and inimitable wine. The grapes are soft pressed and fermented at 25 to 26 degrees, in contact with the skins for 20 to 25 days. There is a long maturation in Slovenian oak, well beyond the terms imposed by the D.O.C.

Tasting notes
Color: Glossy garnet red, with faint, vanished orange reflections Nose: Elegant scents of blackberry jam and spices. Palate: Dry, and generous with a clear background of roasted almonds.


#6 in Wine Spectator's 2008 "Top 100"

James Suckling, Wine Spectator: "Extremely attractive aromas of blackberry, fresh mushroom and mahogany. Full-bodied, with lovely fruit, soft tannins and a long finish. Chewy, yet balanced and pretty. Builds on the palate. A big and juicy red." 94 Points

Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The estate's 2004 Barolo is very elegant in this vintage. Although the wine is firm and quite primary, the tannins are sweet, silky and refined. Today the wine reveals just a glimpse of its potential but it should develop into a gem with time. While most of the attention at Pio Cesare goes to the Barolo Ornato, this is the hidden beauty in this lineup."
93 Points

Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellars: "Medium-deep red. Complex aromas of raspberry, musky tobacco and minerals; distinctly higher-pitched and more backward than the 2003 normale Then wonderfully rich and delineated, with underlying minerality accentuating the impression of primary fruit. Finishes quite long, with broad, full, thoroughly ripe tannins and terrific structure and grip. Offers impressive potential." 93 Points

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I drank a bottle of this last Thursday night, and came away very impressed. It's still a baby, and will develop for another decade at least, but it's delicious now. The nose is classic violets and tar, with a dose of oak. On the palate, it tastes of black fruit, with a note of bitterness that I like. The tannins are powerful, but ripe enough that they aren't excessively astringent. I decanted for about an hour, and the wine continued to open up in the glass.

I gave this bottle as part of a wedding gift to good friends, and told them not to touch it for at least 5 years. I know now that if they jump the gun, they still have a wonderful wine.

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Country: Italy
Region: Piedmont
Sub-Region: Barolo
Grape Varietal: Nebbiolo
Type: Still wine

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